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Table 1 Characteristics of the study population at baseline

From: Plasma procalcitonin is associated with all-cause and cancer mortality in apparently healthy men: a prospective population-based study

Characteristic Population Men Women PCT quartiles
Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4
Number of participants (%) 3,322 1,467 (44) 1,855 (56) 935 820 760 807
Age, mean (SD), years 58 (6) 58 (6) 58 (6) 56 (6) 57 (6) 58 (6) 59 (6)
Blood pressure, mean (SD), mm Hg        
 Systolic 142 (19) 143 (18) 140 (19) 137 (18) 140 (18) 145 (19) 146 (19)
 Diastolic 87 (9) 89 (9) 86 (9) 85 (9) 86 (9) 88 (9) 89 (9)
Hypertension, Number (%) 2,118 (63.8) 991 (67.6) 1,127 (60.8) 508 (54.3) 506 (61.7) 510 (67.1) 594 (73.6)
Lipids, mean (SD), mmol/L        
 LDL-C 4.17 (0.98) 4.12 (0.90) 4.20 (1.04) 4.05 (1.00) 4.11 (0.94) 4.30 (0.99) 4.22 (0.97)
 HDL-C 1.38 (0.37) 1.22 (0.29) 1.52 (0.37) 1.52 (0.38) 1.41 (0.36) 1.32 (0.35) 1.26 (0.33)
 TG 1.31 (0.63) 1.43 (0.68) 1.21 (0.57) 1.11 (1.00) 1.22 (0.55) 1.40 (0.66) 1.53 (0.73)
Body mass index, mean (SD), kg/m2 25.7 (3.9) 26.0 (3.4) 25.5 (4.2) 24.9 (3.7) 25.3 (3.7) 26.1 (3.7) 26.8 (4.0)
Diabetes mellitus, Number (%) 272 (8.2) 158 (10.8) 114 (6.1) 42 (4.5) 41 (5.0) 71 (9.3) 118 (14.6)
Current smoking, Number (%) 861 (25.9) 412 (28.1) 449 (24.2) 251 (26.8) 221 (27.0) 205 (27.0) 184 (22.8)
Cystatin C, mean (SD), mg/L 0.77 (0.14) 0.79 (0.15) 0.75 (0.13) 0.72 (0.12) 0.76 (0.12) 0.79 (0.13) 0.83 (0.17)
hsCRP, median (IQR), mg/L 0.13 0.12 0.13 0.10 0.11 0.13 0.20
(0.06 to 0.28) (0.06 to 0.27) (0.06 to 0.28) (0.05 to 0.20) (0.06 to 0.24) (0.07 to 0.27) (0.09 to 0.41)
PCT, median (IQR), pg/mL 16 (13 to 20) 18 (15 to 23) 14 (12 to 18) 12 (10 to 13) 15 (14 to 16) 18 (17 to 19) 25 (22 to 30)
 Men     14 (12 to 15) 17 (16 to 18) 20 (19 to 21) 28 (25 to 34)
 Women     10 (9 to 11) 13 (12 to 14) 16 (15 to 17) 21 (19 to 25)
  1. hsCRP, high sensitivity C-reactive protein; HDL-C, high-density lipoprotein cholesterol; IQR, interquartile range; LDL-C, low-density lipoprotein cholesterol; PCT, procalcitonin; TG, triglycerides.